Here we go with a Monday afternoon dose of Toronto Blue Jays‘ prospects. In short-season ball this week, Jacob Anderson finds his stroke after a lengthy strikeout-laden slump, Marcus Stroman takes matters into his own hands, relying on the strikeout rather than his defense, and 2nd round pick of last month’s MLB Draft, Chase DeJong, makes his professional debut for the GCL Jays, looking very impressive in the process. As always with the Hot Sheets, we will start in the Gulf Coast League, work our way through to Bluefield of the Appalachian League and Vancouver of the Northwest League before taking a look at the full-season clubs in Lansing, Dunedin, New Hampshire, and Las Vegas for Part II.
GCL BLUE JAYS
Chase DeJong – RHP – 4 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
Yeyfry Del Rosario – RHP – 4 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
D.J. Davis – CF – 7/25, 2B, HR, 0 BB, 8 K
Emilio Guerrero – 3B – 5/13, 2B, HR, 1 BB, 2 K, CS
My take: Chase DeJong has had about as good a beginning to his professional career as anyone could have hoped for. In 2 outings, both lasting 2 innings, DeJong has allowed just one base runner. His frame and pitch repertoire strike one as very similar to another lanky right-hander in the Jays’ system, Aaron Sanchez.
D.J. Davis makes yet another appearance on the weekly hot sheet, as he continues to look quite solid for a 17-year old in his first year of professional baseball. The stolen bases aren’t coming along as one would expect from a kid with his speed, but the power has perhaps been more impressive than anyone expected. The strikeouts have ballooned a bit once again. He started out his professional career striking out in boatloads, cut back a bit, and has since reverted to a high swing-and-miss rate. For such a raw hitter, it isn’t something to be overly concerned with, but certainly a trend to keep an eye on.
Jesus Gonzalez hit his 3rd home run of the season this past week. The power is not a problem for Gonzalez, but he’ll certainly have to work on the strikeouts as he matures. He’s struck out in 33% of his plate appearances this season, but he just turned 17 and has held his own in a league that is, on average, nearly 3 years older than him.
BLUEFIELD BLUE JAYS
Roberto Osuna – RHP – 8 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K
Jeremy Gabryszwski – RHP – 5 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Griffin Murphy – LHP – 3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Jacob Anderson – RF – 6/21, 2B, HR, BB, 7 K
Eric Arce – OF – 5/15, 2B, 3 HR, 4 BB, 9 K
Art Charles – 1B – 8/19, 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 9 BB, 4 K
My take: Roberto Osuna has certainly come down to earth, but nevertheless is looking quite impressive. Contrary to previous reports, Osuna is apparently human after all.
Young Scrabbles continues to pitch well. He’s been allowed to pitch the most innings of the Bluefield starters outside of Deivy Estrada. Given the success that he’s had and his physical maturity, he might be the first of the Bluefield starters to see a promotion up to Vancouver. At this point, he certainly deserves it. Gabryszwski has been compared to fellow Blue Jays’ draftee Noah Syndergaard in terms of projection. He’s hit 95 on his fastball with room to grow, and has more polished offspeed stuff than does Syndergaard, already featuring a plus slider.
While Jacob Anderson has finally broken out of his season-long slump with his first home run of the year, the real story in Bluefield this past week came from the bats of both Eric Arce and Art Charles. Both sluggers hammered the ball this week, with Arce compiling the performance of the week: 2/3 with 2 home runs, 7 RBI, and a walk. Art Charles has had big problems with the strikeout throughout his young professional career. In particular, his difficulties have come with the recognition of breaking pitches. He can hammer a fastball and has a good eye at the plate, so we can only hope that the reduction in strikeouts is a reflection of an improved eye for the breaking ball.
Marcus Stroman – RHP – 4 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
Jonathan Lucas – RHP – 4.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Taylor Cole – RHP – 7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 8 K
Ian Kadish – RHP – 4 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
Balbino Fuenmayor – 1B – 7/21, 2B, HR, 2 BB, 9 K
My take: Well, what did I tell you? Marcus Stroman is back and track and doing just fine. Recording half of his outs via the strikeout and allowing just one base runner, the polished righty out of Duke should be nearing the end of his tune-up stint with Vancouver and moving on to AA New Hampshire in the near future.
Some other nice pitching performances from a trio of college right-handers to take note of. Lucas is quite old for his level so it’s hard to make anything of his success, but Cole and Kadish (known on Twitter as @TheBearJew_36) could turn out to be nice bullpen arms.
Stay tuned for Part II of the hot sheet, which will come up within the next hour.
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Charles Davis is a baseball writer for RantSports.com with a specific focus on the Toronto Blue Jays, their farm system, and prospects league-wide. Read his articles here and follow him on Twitter @CPDavis90.